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Biographical entry Gunn, Ronald Campbell (1808 - 1881)

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Born
4 April 1808
Cape Colony, South Africa
Died
13 March 1881
Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Botanical collector and Botanist

Summary

Ronald Campbell Gunn was a colonial public servant and politician who also had an interest in botany. From 1842-1849 he was editor of the "Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science" and was a plant collector for many years for Sir William Jackson Hooker, as well as his son, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. He assisted Joseph Hooker in sending plant collections ( gathered in Tasmania and New Zealand during the 1839-43 Antarctic expedition) to Kew Gardens. Ronald Gunn is commemorated in Eucalytpus gunnii, which Joseph Dalton named in his honour in 1844.

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Events

1844
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gunnii Hook.f. was named in Gunn's honour

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, ML MSS 1180; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, 1825 - 1828, MS Q571; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, 1859 - 1860, MS Q167; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Charles Gould - Records, 1865 - 1870, MS 162; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Collection

  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, 1800 - 1850; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Buchanan, A. M., The Tasmanian Collecting Localities of Ronald Gunn and Joseph Milligan, Tasmanian Herbarium, Hobart, 1988, 56 pp. Details
  • Burns, T. E. and Skemp, J. R., Van Diemen's Land correspondents: letters from R. C. Gunn, R. W. Lawrence, Jorgen Jorgenson, Sir John Franklin and others to Sir William Hooker, 1827 - 1849, Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, 1961, 142 pp. Details
  • Willis, J.H., Botanical Pioneers in Victoria, Victorian Naturalist, vol. 66, [Brown Pier Anderson], [Melbourne], 1949, 19 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Burns, T. E.; Skemp, J. R., 'Gunn, Ronald Campbell (1808-1881), botanist, public servant and politician', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 492-493. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010448b.htm. Details
  • Lucas, A. M., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn, 1808-1881', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

Conference Papers

  • Buchanan, A.M., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn 1808-1881', in Short, P.S. (ed.), History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 179-192. Details

Edited Books

  • Davis, William E. (ed.), Early Tasmanian Ornithology: the Correspondence of Ronald Gunn and James Grant, 1836-1838, Nuttall Ornithological Club, Cambridge, MA, 2009, 263 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Balaam, Violet E., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 82, no. 3, 1965, pp. 90-91. Details
  • Blackwood, Lynette, 'The contribution of Ronald Campbell Gunn to our knowledge of the flora and fauna of Tasmania', La Trobeana, vol. 11, no. 3, 2012, pp. 30-6. Details
  • Earp, Clem, '"A Correspondence Long Interrupted": Ronald Gunn Re-establishes Contact with Joseph Hooker in 1870', The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 131, no. 6, 2014, pp. 204-6. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1909, pp. 9-29. Details
  • Reynolds, J., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn', Tasmanian Naturalist, vol. 1, 1926. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.